The MQ-25 Stingray, a long-endurance uncrewed aerial refueling system (UAS) designed by Boeing for the US Navy, will receive an upgrade from BAE Systems to its vehicle management system computer (VMSC). This modernization aims to improve computing power and address obsolescence issues in order to enhance aircraft performance and enable future growth capabilities.
As a secondary mission, the Stingray is also equipped with ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) capability. Once integrated into carrier fleets, it will increase the range of US carriers’ existing Boeing EA-18G Growler, F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters.
BAE Systems is confident that the upgraded VMSC for the MQ-25 will deliver advanced functionality for executing critical missions while reducing the amount of hardware required on the aircraft through consolidation into this computer. Corin Beck, senior director of Military Aircraft Systems for Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems stated that “the upgrade will enable the platform to execute today and tomorrow’s critical missions.”
By replacing multiple onboard computers with a new integrated system, aircraft reliability will be improved and the total lifecycle cost of ownership for the Navy will be reduced. In addition to providing an upgraded VMSC, BAE Systems has also provided the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System for the MQ-25.